Gilas Pilipinas ran into a well-prepared Kazakhstan side three months from their last matchup and suffered an 88-92 loss that put them in a precarious spot nearing the end of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
With the heartbreaking defeat, the Nationals dropped to joint third place with the Japanese at 5-4 in Group F play.
Earlier in the day, the Japanese defended their turf in Tokyo, dumping Qatar, 85-47.
The Kazakhs showed much improvement from their blowout loss to the Filipinos in their Asian Games matchup in Jakarta in August, humbling Gilas before its huge cheering crowd at the MOA Arena.
“We were mismatched in terms of quickness,” said national team coach Yeng Guiao at the post-game press conference.